Yes, I have been working on canter, on the schoolmaster "V", at every lesson. I can cue her canter, from the walk or trot, and my riding of this gait keeps improving. But I can't say I have loved it yet. I have to remind myself to breathe - keep my legs soft - go with the motion with my seat - keep my hands low and allow. But I have not enjoyed it yet. I feel out of control.
That did change yesterday on Riva - now I so want to master the canter and ride it all the time! Riva's canter feels so different than "V's". It was smooth and up - and I was able to just ride it and enjoy the feeling. Bonus - I had steering and speed control. I was not getting good bend on the right lead yesterday, so I did not attempt right lead canter. I am hoping Lex is able to come ride her this evening and help me with this.
In other news, I had my weekly lesson on Wednesday on "V". We worked on 20 meter trot circles, leg yield at the walk and trot, and canter. Next week's lesson will be on Riva.
On Tuesday, the weather was just too mild not to get outside. (As if I need a reason to ride outside!) Husband got a new camera over the weekend with our tax return and took some pics. Now I can look at pictures and pick apart my position! What I see -
* elbows need bend
* once elbows are fixed - contact should be better?
* heels down - at least they are level now!
At the trot - preparing to turn right
At the walk
On the lunge
'Please don't criticize my hair! Mom sooo needs to pull my mane!
On Monday, all the horses had their Spring shots on Monday and Coggins test. Our vet advises light work on the day they have vaccines - so Riva had a short light lunge session and an easy ride.
Many more critique-able riding photos to come!